Uganda airlines secures landing and departure slots in Dubai, London

UGANDA – Uganda Airlines has secured slots for departures and landing at London Heathrow Airport and Dubai International Airport as it prepares for commencement of long haul flights to the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China. The move comes after the airline received its two Airbus A330-800Neo air crafts in December 2020 and early this year. Roger Wamala, the Uganda Airlines Commercial Director said the two aircrafts, code named Mt Elgon and Mt. Rwenzori,  will however remain grounded because the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has not yet cleared…

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Rolls-Royce signs engine support agreement with Uganda Airlines

UGANDA – British engineering company Rolls-Royce has signed engine support agreement with dubbed a TotalCare with Uganda Airlines for their two new Airbus A330neo aircraft powered exclusively by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. Uganda Airlines received their two A330neo, first in December 2020 and second in January 2021. TotalCare is a service concept based upon predictability and reliability. The agreement will give Uganda Airlines a secured cost of operating and maintaining their Trent 7000 engines, through a dollar-per-flying-hour payment mechanism, as well as enhanced aircraft availability as a result of their…

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Uganda Airlines receives its first widebody aircraft, A330neo Airbus

UGANDA – Uganda Airlines, the country’s flag-carrier, has taken delivery of its first A330neo, the latest version of the most popular wide-body airliner. It is the first Airbus aircraft delivered to Uganda Airlines, which was established in 2019. In line with the airline’s strategy to keep offering its customers unbeatable economics, increased operational efficiency and superior passenger comfort, the A330-800 is the latest addition to Airbus’ commercial aircraft product line. Thanks to its tailored, mid-sized capacity and its excellent range versatility, the A330neo is considered the ideal aircraft to operate…

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Nigeria’s startup airline, Green Africa Airways places Africa’s largest ever Airbus A220 order

NIGERIA – Green Africa Airways, Nigeria’s startup airline, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with European multinational aerospace corporation, Airbus for 50 A220-300 aircraft. The order according to Airbus is one of the major orders to be placed globally for the A220 programme and the largest ever from the African continent. “Together with Airbus, we are incredibly proud to announce the largest order ever for the A220 from the African continent,” said Babawande Afolabi, Founder & CEO of Green Africa Airways. Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer, speaking from…

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Airbus, Quebec join forces in bid to buy out Bombardier’s A220 stake

FRANCE– Airbus has teamed up with the Quebec government to buy Bombardier’s 33.5% stake in the A220 passenger jet program. The deal completes Bombardier’s exit from civil aviation and boosting Airbus’s position in a new battleground with Boeing. Montreal-based Bombardier first ceded control of the A220 program to Airbus in 2018 for a token as part of broader efforts to improve its finances. Under the terms of the deal, Airbus’s stake in the A220 program – known as Airbus Canada – increases to 75% from 50.1%, while Quebec’s holding rises…

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Phase-out of Airbus, Boeing jets depresses plane parts maker FACC’s operating profits

AUSTRIA – Austria based plane parts maker FACC’s operating profit fell 6% in the second quarter as it produced fewer components for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 737NG jets currently being phased out. Chinese-owned FACC which makes components for wings, tail assemblies and fuselages as well as engines and cabin interiors for all major plane makers also attributed its depressed profits to the start-up costs for new cabin interiors bit. The year 2019 has So far been a slow for the commercial aerospace industry, beset by negative headlines on safety…

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